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Office 365 has been banned from German schools due to privacy concerns

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Cloud-based productivity apps aren’t exactly the kinds of apps you’d normally think were deserving of being banned from a school.

But a few schools in Germany have done just that, and Microsoft’s Office 365 is the target.

According to TNW, German state Hesse has found that Office 365’s current configuration isn’t compliant enough with the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) guidelines to be utilized in German schools.

According to a translated version of that statement, the first concern with using Office 365 in German public schools is that using the cloud service also involves schools having to store the personal data of children in a European cloud, which could, in turn, be accessible “by U.S. authorities.”

As TNW notes, this particular issue came about because initially, such schools used to store this personal data in a German data center until Microsoft shut that center down in 2018.

As a result, the storage of that data was moved to a European data center that may allow U.S. authorities access to that information.

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